Honorary Doctors and Members
On June 17th, 2014 Estonian Academy of Arts’ Council bestowed the title of Honorary Doctor to:
Prof. Jan Kaila
Prof. Jan Kaila played a major role in raising the EAA Department of Photography to world standards when he was Professor of Photography from 2001 to 2004, and in launching and developing the EAA practice based curricula.
Peter Skubic is a jewellery artist and sculptor. He has given numerous master classes at the EAA Department of Jewellery and Blacksmithing, and has provided financial support to both the programme and its students.
On September 29th, 2009 Estonian Academy of Arts’ Council bestowed the title of Honorary Doctor to:
Professor Emeritus Riitta Nikula
She is a Finnish architectural historian who has researched Estonian architects and her research has influenced art history practices and research here. Prof. Em. Nikula is a longstanding member of the Doctoral School of Estonian Academy of Arts since its foundation in the the 1990s.
Prof. Gerard Unger
Prof Unger is a world renowned typographer who has designed the information graphics for the Amsterdam metro, for the whole of Holland transportation networks and the city of Rome. He is also the author of the typography used in main Estonian newspapers “Sirp”, “Diplomaatia”, and “Eesti Ekspress” and “Areen”.
On June 22nd, 2004 Estonian Academy of Arts’ Council bestowed the title of Honorary Doctor to:
Prof. Yrjö Sotamaa
For his outstanding professional accomplishments and activities as well as assistance and collaboration in the development of Estonian Academy of Arts and internationalisation.
Prof. Udo Kultermann
For outstanding professional accomplishments and activities as well as promotion of Estonian art and architecture in the international arena.
Prof. Juhani Pallasmaa
For outstanding professional accomplishments and activities as well as promotion of Estonian architecture in Finland and the international arena.
Prof. Lars Olof Larsson
For outstanding professional accomplishments and activities as well as development of Estonian Acadey of Arts academic and research culture.
On October 22nd, 1999 Estonian Academy of Arts’ Council bestowed the title of Honorary Doctor to:
Prof. Boris Bernstein
For longstanding remarkable research and cultural activities, which have aided in the rise of professional status and renomee of Estonian Academy of Arts.
Prof. Enno Hallek
For outstanding creative activities as well as duties in preserving and developing Estonian high culture beyond Estonian borders.
Prof. Ilja Kabakov
For outstanding creative activities as well as service to Estonia in building a bridge of collaboration between oppositional Estonian art scene and alternative artists of Moscow.
On June 17th, 2014 Estonian Academy of Arts named the following honorary member:
Armin Kõomägi is one of the founders of the Young Artist Award of the Faculty of Fine Arts. The award has been a motivation for the graduating class to aim for better results and has helped them continue their studies abroad or start their professional career in the field of art.
On October 13th, 2009 Estonian Academy of Arts named the following honorary members:
Meelis Milder, Chairman of Baltika Grupp, longstanding partner of Estonian Academy of Arts’ Fashion Design Department.
On October 22nd, 2009:
Professor Emeritus Jaan Vares, sculptor, Rector between 1959-89, 1956-94
Professor Emeritus Bruno Tomberg, designer and interior architect 1949-94
We commemorate our Honorary Members
Professor Emeritus Jaan Vares (1927-2016) sculptor; professor from 1968, ERKI rector 1959-1989
Professor Emeritus Boris Bernstein (1924-2015) art historian, ERKI-EKA 1951-95
Professor Emeritus Rein Zobel (1928-2012) architecture historian and architect, ERKI-EKA 1972-2001
Professor Emeritus Evald Okas (1915-2011) painter, ERKI-EKA 1944-93
Professor Emeritus Kaljo Põllu (1934-2010) graphic artist, since. 1988, lector at the Department of Drawing
Professor Emeritus Helene Kuma (1921-2009) ceramic artist, ERKI-TKÜ 1947–1994
Professor Emeritus Arseni Mölder (1919-2009) sculptor and metal artist, ERKI-EKA 1946-94
Professor Emeritus Leili Kuldkepp (1931-2008) metal artist, ERKI-EKA 1963–95
Professor Emeritus Helmut Oruvee (1923-2007) architect, ERKI 1971–94
Professor Emeritus Paul Luhtein (1909-2007) graphic artist, TRTI-ERKI 1944–1982
Professor Emeritus Leo Gens (1922-2001) art historian and critic, ERKI-EKA 1951–95
Professor Emeritus Mari Adamson (1908-2000) textile artist, ERKI 1944–77
*TRTI – Tallinna Riiklik Tarbekunsti Instituut (Tallinn State Institute of Applied Arts)
*ERKI – Eesti NSV Riiklik Kunstiinstituut (Estonian SSR State Art Institute)
On December 13th, 2016 Estonian Academy of Arts Council bestowed honorary medal to:
On June 17th, 2014 Estonian Academy of Arts Council bestowed honorary medals to:
On October 13th, 2009 Estonian Academy of Arts Council bestowed honorary medals to:
On June 22nd, 2004 Estonian Academy of Arts Council bestowed honorary medals to:
2017 Prize for Artistic Work
Pille Epner and Kaja Pae
for curating the exhibition “Who Creates the City?”
Professor Mare Saare
for active exhibiting in 2017 and for the longtime development of Estonian glass art.
Associate Professor Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo
for the exhibition “Immediate Gratification” and creative work that supports his pedagogical activities.
2017 Research Publication
2017 Newcomer of the Year
2017 Colleague of the Year
2017 Colleague of the Year
2017 Leader of the Year
2017 Team of the Year
Personnel Department (Dagmar Raide and Marika Kopõlova)
2017 Deed of the Year
“Good Teaching Seminars” (Kristiina Krabi-Klanberg, Anne Pikkov, Maarin Ektermann, Lia Toro, Dagmar Raide, Kadri Tammik)
2016 Prize for Artistic Work
- Piret Puppart, Professor, Head of Fashion Design
- Taavi Talve, Associate Professor of Installation and Sculpture
- Maarja Kask and Ralf Lõoke, architects, alumni, lecturers of Faculty of Architecture
2016 Prize for Research Publication
Indrek Rünkla for doctoral dissertation
“Arhitektuursest mõtlemisest.: seosest tunnetuslike ja ühiskondlike konstruktsioonide vahel arhitektuuri praktika näitel”
2016 Honourable Mention
Professor Nithikul Nimkulrat
For her book “Crafting Textiles in the Digital Age”
Team of the Year 2016
Kaido Kruusamets, Mart Saarepuu and Andrus Audova
Colleague of the Year
Piret Ellamaa 2016
Newcomer of the Year 2016
Deed of the Year 2016
The New Building
Leader of the Year 2016
2015 Prize for Creative Work
- Researcher Kärt Ojavee
- Associate Professor Indrek Sirkel
- Professor Andres Tali
2015 Prize for Research Publication
Senior Researcher Eva Näripea
Professor Maroš Krivy
Team of the Year 2015
Office of International Relations: Maria Jürisson and Sandra-Leena Sule
Colleague of the Year 2015
Newcomer of the Year 2015
Professor Piret Puppart
Deed of the Year 2015
Wooden Megaphones, Department of Interior Architecture
Leader of the Year 2015
Professor Anne Pikkov, Vice Rector
2014 Pprize for Research Publication
Professor Andres Kurg
For his doctoral dissertation “Boundary Disruptions. Late-Soviet Transformations in Art, Space and Subjectivity in Tallinn 1968-1979”